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Meares Island : Lone Cone & Big Tree Trail

In Activity, Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, Clubs, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Regional Districts by Explorington0 Comments

To early European explorers, the western edge of North America must have been an overwhelming place to visit. We humans navigate by landmarks, known places with names; explorers applied names to many places, making them easier to identify on maps. At some point, it must have been really overwhelming to …

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Winter snowshoe ascent of Springer Peak, Prince of Wales Range

In Activity, Clubs, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts, Snowshoeing by Explorington0 Comments

Springer Peak wasn’t our first objective for the day, but when I took over leading the trip, I felt that the snow conditions were too questionable to continue with our original objective. When I suggested using Bill’s Trail, a section of the route used for the annual Kusam Klimb race, …

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Gemini Mountain, the twin peak

In Activity, Clubs, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Nanaimo Regional District, Regional Districts by Explorington0 Comments

I did the math: I’m approaching the 100th peak in my Island Alpine Quest. Although most peaks on Vancouver Island have some level of difficulty associated with their approach, some are even more difficult to get to, and Gemini Mountain falls into this category. It’s tucked deep in behind Nanaimo, past …

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Peak 5800: An Attainable Obscure Peak

In Activity, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mount Waddinton Regional Distrcit, Mountaineering, Regional Districts by Explorington0 Comments

Without a doubt, the shoulder season is one of my favourite seasons for hiking! The cool air makes steep climbs tolerable, and when the sun makes an appearance, it usually brings just enough warmth to chase the chill away, but not enough to dehydrate us. The cooler temperatures mean I’m …

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Horseshoe Mountain: The Journey is the Destination

In Activity, Clubs, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Regional Districts, Strathcona Regional District by Explorington1 Comment

Everyone has a favourite hike. For some, that hike may be a well-travelled location, such as the Cape Scott Trail, or a route past Lake Helen Mackenzie. For others, favourite routes are more private, with information held close by those in-the-know; secret spots where not many people venture. Assuredly, Horseshoe …

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Unnamed Peak in the Genesis Range

In Activity, Clubs, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mount Waddinton Regional Distrcit, Mountaineering, Regional Districts by Explorington0 Comments

On September 11th I joined three friends on an unsuccessful attempt at Mount Sarai, a peak in the Genesis Range. We were hastened by fine weather, and though we didn’t make our primary objective, we eventually summited an unnamed bump and enjoyed stellar views. The clock ticked past 8:00 am …

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Whiltilla Mountain, Day two in the Bonanza Range

In Activity, Clubs, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mount Waddinton Regional Distrcit, Mountaineering, Regional Districts by Explorington1 Comment

This report is a chapter in a longer series of reports from a multi-day car camping and mountaineering expedition done in the summer of 2016. In this section, day 2 July 17th, we climb Whiltilla Mountain. Every summer I look forward to one of two long trips trekking and mountaineering …